I came across this site from Dictionary.com on my phone, but it doesn't seem to come up on my computer so I am having trouble linking to it. Anyway, it had these 15 words from the 60s. If you are that old (I am!), see if you remember any of them:
Cool or squaresville
The Establishment (sound familiar?)
The Heat (or the Fuzz)
Cat (hip male, often a jazz muscian)
Mop top (Beatles)
Dough (bread), meaning money
Bogart (to keep to yourself)
Thongs (flip flops)
Hacked (hacked off, meaning angered)
Righteous (super cool, or right on!)
[Edited to fix typo of "thangs," instead of "thongs." Thanks, Geoff!]This message has been edited. Last edited by: Kalleh,
I remember most of them. There were probably regional differences. Cool and neat meant the same thing back then. I am surprised "neat" wasn't on the list. Then, it was "hot" and eventually "awesome" over time. Each word had a subtle difference, but the underlying meanings were similar.
The 60s are hazy to me but I recall "split", as in to leave.
Give a man a fish and he can eat for one day; give a man a fishing pole and he will find an excuse to never work again.
Nollidj is power.
"Thangs?" I remember thongs. Are thongs the thangs you mean?
Yeah, Geoff. Thongs are now called flip flops. I still call them thongs.
Geta are Japanese wooden shoes resembling thongs. My brother was stationed in Japan in the late 50s or early 60s and he brought me a pair. He called them getas, though apparently the plural of geta can be either geta or getas.
Yes, it was a typo, Geoff. I'll correct it and give you credit for finding it. I called flip flops (stupid name in my mind) thongs once with my kids and they were so embarrassed. I also had the audacity to call a hot dog (to me a hot dog is the sausage and bun, but not to my kids) once a wiener and once again got thoroughly criticized. <sigh> I've got it now - flip-flops and hot dog (sausage seems so general to me).
Sattva, don't "cool" and "neat" mean the same thing?